A tradition is for Ecuadorians to display effigies, a model of persons, and then burn them at midnight. The idea is to end the old year and start afresh with the new year. During the last few days we have seen vendors selling 2-3 foot dummies and a variety of paper mâché masks to put on them. Some people buy their effigies, others build them themselves. In addition to the effigies on display in front of homes the city has a number of larger displays prepared by groups that have been put up in the intersections or courtyards.
We have a scrumptious lasagna dinner made by Jim and Sally, with them being creative in compensating with some of the local ingredients. Our friend Evelyn joins us for dinner and to explore the city afterwards. She has also identified five areas within walking distance that have the larger displays of effigies.